- a highly flammable composition, as Greek fire, difficult to extinguish when ignited, formerly used in warfare.
- any large fire that spreads rapidly and is hard to extinguish.
- sheet lightning, unaccompanied by thunder.
- the ignis fatuus or a similar light.
- Plant Pathology. a disease of tobacco and soybeans, characterized by brown, necrotic spots, each surrounded by a yellow band, on the leaves and caused by a bacterium, Pseudomonas tabaci.
- Pathology Obsolete. erysipelas or some similar disease.
Origin of wildfire
Examples from the Web for wildfire
Besides, victory fever had spread like wildfire throughout the Allied armies.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Anti-Korean books, magazines, and comic books are selling like wildfire.For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 26, 2014
It was late October, six weeks after the initial outbreak, and the virus was rumored to be spreading like wildfire.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
The dish “took off like wildfire,” says Leong, despite there being virtually no Chinese people in the area.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken
April 19, 2014
Statutes will prevent this from spreading across the majority if it catches on like wildfire for the student athletes.College Football’s Toughest Play: Unionizing
January 30, 2014
It spread like wildfire, and in half an hour all the town was in a ferment.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The news of this assault spread like wildfire in the little town.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
The news will spread like wildfire over the town and county.A Girl of the Commune
George Alfred Henty
Word had already fled like wildfire through the hamlet that the squire was there.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The paper went like wildfire, and the town all but doubled itself in my time.Grey Town
- a highly flammable material, such as Greek fire, formerly used in warfare
- a raging and uncontrollable fire
- anything that is disseminated quickly (esp in the phrase spread like wildfire)
- lightning without audible thunder
- another name for will-o'-the-wisp
Word Origin and History for wildfire
Idioms and Phrases with wildfire
see spread like wildfire.